Can psoriasis be fatal?
Pustular and erythrodermic psoriasis are the rarest and the most dangerous. While they can occur independently, patients who develop them generally have plaque psoriasis. They are potentially fatal because they compromise the body's ability to ward off infections and control body temperature.
Although rare, chest pain and shortness of breath can be symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. These might happen when the chest wall and the cartilage that links your ribs to your breastbone get inflamed. Even more rarely, your lungs or your aorta (the large blood vessel that leaves your heart) could be affected.
- Viruses, bacteria and fungi — such as tuberculosis, syphilis and aspergillosis — can infect the rib joint. Tumors. Noncancerous and cancerous tumors can cause costochondritis. Cancer might travel to the joint from another part of the body, such as the breast, thyroid or lung.
- Rib cage pain may be sharp, dull, or achy and felt at or below the chest or above the navel on either side. It may occur after an obvious injury or without explanation. Rib cage pain can be due to anything from pulled muscles to a rib fracture.
- Bone cancer symptoms. Possible symptoms of bone cancer include: Bone pain can cause a dull or deep ache in a bone or bone region (e.g., back, pelvis, legs, ribs, arms). Early on, the pain may only occur at night, or when you are active.
Having mild psoriasis was not associated with an increased risk of death, and the researchers did not have information on causes of death. But researcher Joel M. Gelfand, MD, says the findings make it clear that patients with severe psoriasis are at greater risk than has been realized.
- There's no cure for psoriasis yet, but there are many ways to get relief from the symptoms of this troublesome disease. Psoriasis is one of the most common skin ailments. Most people with psoriasis have thick, red skin with flaky, silver-white patches.
- Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. It typically affects the outside of the elbows, knees or scalp, though it can appear on any location.
- Systemic medications are most effective and usually are required to bring severe cases under control. These include methotrexate, acitretin (brand name Soriatane) or cyclosporine. Use of systemic steroids for erythrodermic psoriasis is controversial. If used, taper off them slowly.
Psoriasis can be unattractive and uncomfortable at times, but it's not usually life-threatening. For about 80 percent of people with this chronic inflammatory skin disease, the condition is mild, and the itching and scratching can probably be controlled with good skin care and a commitment to your treatment plan.
- Having mild psoriasis was not associated with an increased risk of death, and the researchers did not have information on causes of death. But researcher Joel M. Gelfand, MD, says the findings make it clear that patients with severe psoriasis are at greater risk than has been realized.
- What Does Psoriasis Look Like? Psoriasis usually appears as red or pink plaques of raised, thick, scaly skin. However it can also appear as small flat bumps, or large thick plaques, ,. It most commonly affects the skin on the elbows, knees, and scalp, though it can appear anywhere on the body.
- No. Psoriasis is not contagious. Psoriasis is not transmitted sexually or by physical contact. While the exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, researchers consider environmental, genetic, and immune system factors as playing roles in the establishment of the disease.
Updated: 2nd October 2019